INTUG and Other Associations Develop Joint Letter to EC on Risks of German Vectoring Monopoly

Twenty-five German and international associations have jointly drafted and published a letter outlining their concerns regarding the vectoring monopoly proposed by the German National Regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA). This proposal would give a single provider the right to exclusively install vectoring equipment at street cabinets in the nearshore area around the 8.000 German main distribution frames […]

Lack of Effective Access to Fiber May Impact Competition in High Speed Broadband, Study

A new report carried out by the research and consulting group WIK on the state of play of Next Generation Access (NGA) has found that the target set by Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes for 50% of households to use ultra-fast broadband by 2020 may be at risk because fiber networks have not been effectively […]

OECD: Wireless Broadband Subs Top Half a Billion

The fast-growing popularity of smartphones and tablets is driving growth in mobile broadband services. Wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries had exceeded half a billion by the end of 2010, an increase of more than 10 percent on June 2010, according to new OECD statistics.

Copper Switch-off Strategy Essential for Achieving European Broadband Targets, Study

High charges for copper telephone networks are deterring the roll-out of fiber across Europe, according to a study commissioned by the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA).

European Telcos Call for Structurally Separate Netcos

This week chief financial and operating officers from leading telecoms competitors met with the European Commission and major banks to exchange views about the conditions needed to allow investment in ultra-fast fiber networks.

Almost 300M Broadband Connections in OECD Area

The OECD has released new statistics on broadband penetration in OECD countries as of June 2010. These include the number of broadband subscribers per country, broadband subscriptions by technology, the percentage of fiber connections in total broadband and, for the first time, a wireless broadband penetration indicator.

OECD: Two Reports on Fiber

The OECD Working Party on Communications Infrastructure and Services Policy commissioned two reports on optical fiber technology last year that are now publicly available.